This means classes will start on schedule next week at Algonquin College and La Cité collégiale.
The agreement with the Colleges Employer Council will grant part-time, or “partial-load,” faculty greater job security, and excludes previous management proposals including an increased reliance on temporary staff while reducing the presence of full-time instructors.
“We have reached a reasonable agreement, and have done what it takes to make sure that our students’ school year will start on time and without the threat of a lock-out or an imposition of terms,” stated college faculty bargaining co-chair Ted Montgomery in a release from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
Pending ratification, the new two-year contract will last from Sept. 1 2012 to Aug. 31 2014.
OPSEU represents more than 10,000 faculty members at colleges across Ontario including counsellors, instructors, professors and librarians.